The Academic return to the Big Top next summer

Indie-rock band to play GIAF 2020 on Friday July 24

The Academic.

The Academic.

FOR THE second year running, The Academic will headline the Galway International Arts Festival's Heineken Big Top in the Fisheries Field, with a concert on Friday July 24.

From Westmeath, the band - Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin, and brothers Matt and Stephen Murtagh - got together in their teens and have since gone on to enjoy hits with ‘Superlike’, ‘Different’, ‘Bear Claws’, ‘Why Can't We Be Friends?’, ‘Mixtape 2003’, ‘Permanent Vacation’, and 2018’s ‘Fake ID’. As Clash magazine put it, “Irish band The Academic don't write songs - they write anthems.”

Their debut album, Tales From The Backseat, was released in January 2018 and entered the Official Irish Charts at No 1. The band have also appeared at some of Europe’s most high-profile festivals and opened for the Rolling Stones, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, and Catfish And The Bottlemen.

This is a 'Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh presents...' concert. Tickets are €35 and go on sale at 9am on Friday December 13 on



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